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Tom Aspinall Believes Stipe Miocic’s Best Days Are Behind Him: I Think He Should Leave It Now

Streaking UFC heavyweight contender, Tom Aspinall has claimed that heavyweight division great, former two-time titleholder, Stipe Miocic should consider walking away from the sport off the back of his March knockout loss to Francis Ngannou, as well as what he has already achieved in the sport.

Salford-born finisher, Aspinall featured at UFC Vegas 36 earlier this month, besting short notice replacement, Sergey Spivak in a rather one-sided first round knockout victory. Improving his professional record to 11-2, Aspinall lodged his fourth Octagon win with the victory.

Clinching the #11 rank in the heavyweight division with the first round knockout stoppage, Aspinall spoke with MMA on Point reporter, Peter Carroll recently, where he claimed the aforenoted, Miocic should consider hanging up his gloves, given the fact he had already lifted undisputed UFC heavyweight gold on two separate occasions.

Yes, definitely,” Aspinall responded when asked if he believed Miocic was the best heavyweight of all-time. “Because he’s better than everyone else. I think he was unlucky in his last fight if I’m honest. I don’t think he was unlucky — unlucky is the wrong word, I think he got caught with a good shot in his last fight and went down.

To be honest, I think he should leave it now,” Aspinall replied when questioned if Miocic’s best days are behind him. “If you want my honest opinion, he’s done enough, he doesn’t have nothing to prove to anyone. He’s got a lot of money, he’s just been knocked out, and it’s probably gonna happen to him again if he fights him (Ngannou) again. It would be sad to see that happen to Stipe, I don’t want that to happen to him. I’m a really, really big fan of him.

Prior to his devastating second round knockout loss to Ngannou back in March at UFC 260 in the pair’s rematch, Miocic had managed to lay out one of the most prestigious and impressive winning résumé’s in the history of heavyweight mixed martial arts.

The Ohio native is a former two-time heavyweight champion, and had lodged victories over the likes of Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, the aforenoted, Ngannou, and former two-weight gold holder, Daniel Cormier (x2).

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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